Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura has admitted he's keen to see the Kingdom Hearts franchise return to home consoles, indicating a full-fledged sequel may be in the pipeline.
Nomura’s comments came during a chinwag with Game Informer (via Nintendo Universe), where the developer touched on the launch of Sony’s new handheld, PlayStation Vita, earlier this year.
“We have been invited to make games on different new platforms, and every time we have created titles making sure that they are highly compatible with the platform,” Nomura commented.
“The PS Vita is definitely a powerful device that is very interesting, but because of it’s high power, there isn’t much of a difference with a console. So even if we were to make a game, we would have to be very careful about how to create it for that device.
“I also feel that it’s about time that Kingdom Hearts should go back to being on a console,” he added.
The Kingdom Hearts franchise is noted for its hybrid of Disney and Square Enix characters, and launched on PlayStation 2 in 2002. The game was followed by 2004’s Gameboy Advance offering Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, before returning to PS2 with Kingdom Hearts II in 2006.
This was to be the last console entry to date, with the RPG franchise instead focusing on handheld titles such as PSP prequel Birth by Sleep and the recent 3DS outing Dream Drop Distance – the latter which is said to contain a hint to where the series might be headed next.
Kingdom Hearts III has been discussed numerous times in the past few years, though Nomura-san has previously said that he’s too busy to work on the game due to commitments to Final Fantasy Versus XIII among others.
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